• (RP) IPA: /ˈfɪəfəl/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈfɪɹfəl/

fearful (comparative fearfuller, superlative fearfullest)

  1. Frightening.
  2. Tending to fear; timid.
    a fearful boy
  3. (dated) Terrible; shockingly bad.
  4. (now rare) Frightened; filled with terror.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      Those two great champions did attonce pursew / The fearefull damzell with incessant payns […]
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  1. (dialect) Extremely; fearfully.

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